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Rep. Biggs: Many Americans tuned out impeachment because of Pelosi’s tactics

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House Judiciary Committee member Andy Biggs on Monday pushed back on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that Trump’s impeachment delay was successful, saying he finds her statements “hypercritical” and “bizarre,” adding that because of her actions, many Americans have tuned out impeachment.

Speaking on “America’s Newsroom,” Biggs contradicted Pelosi’s statements on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, where she defended her decision to withhold the articles of impeachment against President Trump for weeks, insisting the delay was successful.

Pelosi said “we feel that it [produced] a very positive result in terms of additional emails and unredacted information that has come forward.

“More importantly, raising the profile on the fact that we need to have witnesses and documentation. And if we don’t, that is a cover-up,” she added.

PELOSI’S IMPEACHMENT DELAY OPENS CRACKS IN DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

“When she talks about a cover-up, if you don’t have witnesses and you truncate the event and I look at her and I say, ‘You covered it up because we had an investigation going on and you didn’t let the Judiciary Committee participate,’” Biggs countered.

“Everything was truncated. You didn’t bring in witnesses. The president’s counsel was not allowed to participate. Basically, it was just a ridiculously poor showing on the part of Nancy Pelosi and now I find it hypercritical to say that if the Senate doesn’t bring in witnesses that she wants in, then there’s a cover-up.

“I think that’s bizarre to me quite frankly,” Biggs added.

He went on to say that contrary to what Pelosi has said, he does not think the delay has worked in Democrats’ favor.

“You get people and you start looking in the battleground states and you start looking at independents and one of two things has happened: Either they’ve switched over and said the president should not be impeached or should not be removed from office, or, even worse for her [Pelosi], is they basically tune this whole thing out,” Biggs said.

“I think you find a lot of Americans have tuned this out because of Nancy Pelosi, the way she’s handled this thing.”

On Sunday, Pelosi confirmed that she and fellow Democrats will soon discuss sending articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate for a trial.

MCCONNELL SAYS HE HAS VOTES TO START IMPEACHMENT TRIAL WITHOUT ACCORD ON WITNESSES

Pelosi has faced criticism from Republicans for not allowing the impeachment process to move forward, and even some Democrats have expressed impatience. Biggs said he foresees a vote on Tuesday or Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, followed by senators debating the impeachment trial rules for a few days.

“I think they’re going to adopt the Clinton rules, that’s what I’ve been told,” Biggs said.

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“The Clinton rules means you’re going to have a couple of weeks, you’re going to have a set of hours for each side, for the president’s counsel as well as the Democrats from the House to present their case to the senators. And if the senators decide they want to take depositions or if they want to have witnesses, they’ll vote on that at that point and bring them in if they want to. And then there will be a vote at some point.”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Abby Huntsman Leaving ‘The View’ To Help Family Member

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Abby Huntsman said Monday that she is leaving ABC’s “The View” to help her father, Jon Huntsman, run again for governor of Utah. Her last day is Friday.

“There’s no one I believe in more than my dad right now,” she told her fellow panelists and viewers.

Huntsman added, “It’s not often in life that you get these moments to go fight for something that you are so passionate about.”

Huntsman left Fox News’ “Fox & Friends Weekend” to join “The View,” making her debut in September 2018 and providing a conservative counterpoint to hosts such as Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. She had also previously worked for “HuffPost Live” and MSNBC.

“You’re one of the nicest and easiest people I’ve ever worked with,” Behar told her on Monday.

Huntsman seemed to dodge the question of whether she would someday return to “The View” on a steady basis. “Ya never know,” she said. “Life is funny that way.”

Huntsman’s father, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, resigned as U.S. ambassador to Russia last year and announced his gubernatorial bid in November. He was previously elected Utah governor in 2004 and again in 2008. He resigned in 2009 to accept the ambassadorship to China under President Barack Obama. Huntsman has also served as ambassador to Singapore.

His opponents for the Republican nomination in Utah include Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.

“Whoever is running against my dad, you better be worried,” Abby Huntsman said.

Huntsman, 33, who has three children with husband Jeffrey Bruce Livingston, said she is also stepping away from “The View” to devote more time to her family.

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Wisconsin police officers fall ‘victim to the ice’ amid slippery conditions

Several police officers in Wisconsin found out the hard way over the weekend that slippery, icy ground can actually be very dangerous.

The city of Beloit Police Department shared two videos to Facebook on Saturday of officers slipping on the ice as a storm brought wintry conditions to parts of the Midwest.

“The roads, parking lots, and sidewalks are slippery! Even the police fall victim to the ice,” the department said. “Please be careful when you are outside this weekend.”

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In one of the videos, one officer can be seen slipping on a sidewalk and falling before he had the chance to throw salt on the frozen walkway.

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A police officer can be seen slipping and falling on black ice over the weekend in Wisconsin. (Beloit Police Department)

In another video posted by the department, an officer can be seen falling while walking to a vehicle outside.

No officers were injured in either video, the department said.

“We are both just fine,” the department said in a comment on the video. “Figured everyone could use a little laugh at our expense and serve as a reminder to be careful today.”

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The officers both took tumbles as a storm over the weekend brought hazardous conditions to the Midwest and left at least 11 dead as it moved east, creating dangerous travel conditions such as black ice. According to the National Weather Service, black ice is defined as patchy ice on roadways or other transportation surfaces, such as sidewalks, that cannot easily be seen.

“It is often clear (not white) with the black road surface visible underneath,” according to the NWS. “It is most prevalent during the early morning hours, especially after snow melt on the roadways has a chance to refreeze over night when the temperature drops below freezing.”

Black ice may also form when roadways or walkways are slick from rain and temperatures drop below freezing overnight.

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Dr. Joel N. Myers, CEO of AccuWeather, told Fox News in December that when there is a flash freeze, water on untreated surfaces can form “black ice.”

If the water present is very thin and on a surface such as black asphalt, it can be difficult to see, according to Myers.

“It can be extremely dangerous and very slippery,” he told Fox News.

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Hanukkah stabbing suspect pleads not guilty to hate crimes, says he’s on Prozac

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The man accused of stabbing five people in a brutal machete attack at the home of a Hasidic rabbi during Hanukkah celebrations pleaded not guilty on Monday to 10 federal hate crime charges.

Grafton Thomas, 37, appeared in court wearing an orange prison top and pants along with slip-on blue sneakers. He told the judge he was on medication at the time of the attack, including Prozac.

HANUKKAH STABBING SUSPECT CHARGED WITH HATE CRIMES AS FBI FIND JOURNALS IN HOME THAT APPEAR TO ‘EXPRESS ANTI-SEMITIC SENTIMENTS’

Thomas was indicted last week on additional hate crime charges for the Dec. 28 stabbings, bringing the total number of federal charges against him to 10. He also faces state charges and has been held without bond on the federal charges.

He is expected to appear for an initial hearing Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors allege Thomas targeted his victims because of their faith. In a criminal complaint filed in December, prosecutors said they seized journals from his home that referenced Adolf Hitler, Nazi culture and the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, which has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

The federal indictment charged Thomas with five counts each of attempting to kill victims based on their religion and obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon.

“We now allege that he did this with the intention of targeting his victims because of their religion,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said last week in a news release. “Thomas faces life in prison for his alleged violent acts of prejudice and intolerance.”

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Thomas’ family pastor, the Rev. Wendy Paige, said Thomas has been suffering from mental illness and that his family believes that condition was the cause of the alleged stabbings — and not hatred toward Jewish people.

Fox News’ Lissa Kaplan contributed to this report.

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Queen Says She Is ‘Entirely Supportive’ Of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s ‘New Life’

Queen Elizabeth II released a statement following a family meeting with Meghan Markle and princes Harry, William and Charles on Monday. 

Her Majesty said that she is “entirely supportive” of Harry and Meghan’s decision to lead a “new life” and said that the group had “constructive discussions.”

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the queen said in a statement.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” she added. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

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The queen also spoke of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire to become financially independent and split their time between the U.K. and North America. According to the Queen’s new statement, it seems the couple will be spending time in Canada.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives,” the queen’s statement read. “It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.”

As this is just the first day of the talks, the queen said that there is more work to be done.

“These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days,” she said.  

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It was reported over the weekend that the royal family would gather at Sandringham Estate to hash out details regarding Meghan and Harry’s decision to “step back” as senior members of the royal family.

In addition to moving and working toward gaining financial independence, the Sussexes expressed a desire to end their relationship with the Royal Rota (a group of reporters who cover the royals) and rework their relationship with the press going forward. 

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Lawsuit over Connecticut teen’s diagnosis, psych treatment heads to trial

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A lawsuit filed by the family of a Connecticut teen who was placed into state custody after a dispute over her diagnosis and put in a psychiatric unit is scheduled to start Tuesday.

The suit was brought by the parents of Justina Pelletier against Boston Children’s Hospital and those who treated their daughter, The Boston Globe reported Monday.

WISCONSIN CHILD DIES FROM FLU ON WAY TO HOSPITAL: HEALTH OFFICIALS 

“Justina has suffered severe and debilitating psychiatric trauma as a result of being held against her will in a locked psychiatric ward, isolated from her friends and families, and enduring several months of treatment in which her physical symptoms and disease were denied by her primary caregivers,” according to the suit, which will be heard in Suffolk Superior Court.

The family is seeking unspecified damages.

Pelletier was 14 in 2013 when she was placed in state custody in Massachusetts.

She had been diagnosed at Tufts Medical Center with mitochondrial disease, a disorder that affects cellular energy production. But Boston Children’s diagnosed her problems as psychiatric.

When her parents rejected that diagnosis and tried to take her back to Tufts, allegations of medical child abuse were raised, and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took custody of her.

WOMAN SAYS BIRTH CONTROL PILLS LED TO ‘MASSIVE’ BLOOD CLOTS THAT NEARLY KILLED HER

She eventually was returned to the care of her parents in 2014 after a judge’s order.

The case drew national media attention and ignited a debate over parental rights.

The Pelletiers did not return calls about the lawsuit, and their lawyers declined to comment.

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Boston Children’s Hospital said Justina Pelletier received “high-quality, compassionate care.”

“We will vigorously defend the care our clinicians provided and unequivocally refute the allegations that are being made against them,” the hospital said in a statement to the Globe.

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Miami Super Bowl organizers kick-off Python Bowl in Everglades

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Miami’s Super Bowl Host Committee has announced the kick-off of the Python Bowl to hunt the invasive snake and Everglades menace.

Local media report 500 amateur and professional Burmese python hunters have signed up for the 10-day event, which began Friday and runs to Jan. 19.

Contestants are vying for prizes of cash and two all-terrain vehicles.

A reigning champ celebrity python hunter Dusty “Wildman” Crum, star of the Discovery show “Guardians of the Glades,” is vowing to hold on to his title, Miami New Times reported.

FLORIDA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS CAPTURE 18-FOOT, 98-POUND BURMESE PYTHON

“I’m hoping to pull 10 or 12 snakes out this year,” he told the paper. “It’s gonna be fierce competition. I’m gonna be putting in a lot of hours and sleeping in my truck.”

Crum said he didn’t enter the Python Bowl for the money or the ATVs.

“It’s about winning and getting the snakes out of the Glades,” he told the paper.

Kristen Sommers, a wildlife impact manager for the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said officials understand the number of pythons caught during the contest won’t even make a dent in the population, which might exceed 100,000.

11-FOOT BURMESE PYTHON FOUND SWIMMING OFF COAST OF SOUTH FLORIDA

It’s to raise awareness of the problem.

“We hope we can minimize the python’s impact until some time in the future when some sort of silver bullet will be available,” she said.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Super Bowl Live festival in Miami’s Bayfront Park on Jan.25., according to the New Times.

Pro Python trapper Tom Rahill said the key to success is persistence: Every eight hours of hunting averages one snake caught. It takes a keen eye, looking for a telltale glistening under the water or in the bush during the day or staking out levees at night, waiting for one to appear.

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“It is a certain amount of luck, but it is being in the the right place at the right time,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Queen Says She Is ‘Entirely Supportive’ Of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s ‘New Life’

Queen Elizabeth II released a statement following a family meeting with Meghan Markle and princes Harry, William and Charles on Monday. 

Her Majesty said that she is “entirely supportive” of Harry and Meghan’s decision to lead a “new life” and said that the group had “constructive discussions.”

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the queen said in a statement.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” she added. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

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The queen also spoke of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire to become financially independent and split their time between the U.K. and North America. According to the Queen’s new statement, it seems the couple will be spending time in Canada.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives,” the queen’s statement read. “It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.”

As this is just the first day of the talks, the queen said that there is more work to be done.

“These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days,” she said.  

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It was reported over the weekend that the royal family would gather at Sandringham Estate to hash out details regarding Meghan and Harry’s decision to “step back” as senior members of the royal family.

In addition to moving and working toward gaining financial independence, the Sussexes expressed a desire to end their relationship with the Royal Rota (a group of reporters who cover the royals) and rework their relationship with the press going forward. 

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Oscar Nominations Snub Jennifer Lopez, Female Directors And ‘The Farewell’

Let’s all give Jennifer Lopez a round of applause for an awards season battle well fought. 

The “Hustlers” star, whose supporting performance as Ramona was highly praised and earned her Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Indie Spirit nominations, was among the many actors left off the 92nd Oscars ballot. J.Lo was cast aside, as was Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”), Awkwafina (“The Farewell”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) in shocking upsets.  

And the Academy, once again, chose to honor five men with Best Director nominations despite incredible work by Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”). 

HuffPost culture reporters talk more about the snubs that made a Monday morning even worse.

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This one hurts. Lopez was dubbed an immediate front-runner when “Hustlers” opened in September, but maybe that’s the problem: She had to maintain the momentum for four long months. (Little did she know Kathy Bates was waiting in the wings to steal from her.) Hollywood spent three decades taking Lopez for granted, so why should anything change now? But the hope was real. This was a career-defining performance in a giant box-office hit that had critics and audiences rethinking their assumptions about J.Lo’s talents. Furthermore, her omission underscores how the Academy views women: Apparently playing a stripper who isn’t down on her luck wasn’t important enough for the Oscars. Boo. ― Matthew Jacobs 

Adam Sandler Doesn’t Make The Cut

If someone told me a year ago that I’d be rooting for Adam Sandler at the Oscars, I would’ve assumed they had a “50 First Dates”-esque affliction, because my distaste for his films and performances is long and well-documented. And yet the joke’s on me, because here we are. The famed comedic actor turned out the performance of his career in the electric and deeply stressful Safdie brothers film “Uncut Gems” as a New York City jewelry dealer in the Diamond District having what amounts to the worst weeks of his life. Typically, when comedians go #dark they abandon the qualities that made them stars in the first place. But here, Sandler infuses this dramatic performance with his expert comedic timing and instincts to deliver a performance that feels tailor-made for his talents, while allowing him to show us a side of himself we’ve never seen on-screen before. And, for what it’s worth, we’ll be processing that ending in therapy for weeks to come. ― Cole Delbyck

Once Again, Lupita Nyong’o Deserves More 

Lupita Nyong’o’s physically and emotionally taxing performance in Jordan Peele’s “Us” was one of the most exciting performances of last year, and yet, she’s been mostly shut out this awards season, failing to receive recognition at some of the biggest ceremonies, particularly the recent Golden Globes. Horror, of course, has always struggled to be taken seriously by awards voters, but culture writer Aisha Harris aptly pointed out on Twitter: “When [Lupita] played a slave, everyone fell over themselves to give her awards, but when she gives the best performance of her career (so far) as a troubled woman haunted by herself … crickets.” ― Zeba Blay 

Greta Gerwig, And All Other Female Directors, Scorned

In the lead-up to Oscar nominations, it was becoming alarmingly clear that Greta Gerwig might be left off the Best Director lineup, one-upped by the likes of Martin Scorsese for “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and Todd Phillips for “Joker.” And, sadly, she was ― with Sam Mendes and Bong Joon Ho filling those final two slots for “1917” and “Parasite,” respectively. (Yay, Bong!) But Gerwig’s exquisite retelling of “Little Women” captured the progressive essence of a new generation, not to mention it stood its ground at the box office alongside franchise behemoths like “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Even if the directing field was stacked this year, she deserved more. As did the other women snubbed in this category, including Lulu Wang, whose profound film “The Farewell” was the subject of awards season chatter from the time it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last January. ― Leigh Blickley 

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Wilson Webb Greta Gerwig and Meryl Streep on the set of “Little Women.”

Justice For ‘The Farewell’ And Awkwafina 

Wang’s moving tale of death, family and class was completely shut out of the Oscar race, receiving, get ready for itnot one nomination. Surprising is an understatement, as it was thought that at least Awkwafina ― who just took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Pitcure – Musical or Comedy earlier this month ― would become the first Asian-American woman to be nominated in the Best Actress category at the Oscars. And what about Shuzhen Zhao, AKA Nai Nai? Shame on you, Academy. This one hurts. ― LB

Eddie Murphy’s Big Comeback Ignored 

One of the big movie moments of last year was Eddie Murphy’s “return” in the joyous and surprisingly heartwarming comedy “Dolemite Is My Name.” Murphy plays down-on-his luck entertainer Rudy Ray Moore who creates a foul-mouthed, larger-than-life persona named Dolemite, eventually putting all his time and money into making a Blaxploitation film so bad that it’s good. While the Best Actor race this year was certainly a close one, it’s surprising that “Dolemite” got zero nominations. Not even costume design, guys? ― ZB

Beyhive, Unite!

Beyoncé didn’t just give you one song for the live-action “The Lion King” remake, she gave you a whole damn album … and will be respected as such! The music icon delivered an incredible soundscape for the Jon Favreau-directed feature, while pulling double duty and voicing Nala with a regal sensibility reserved only for Queen B. The soundtrack saluted the performer’s family and African ancestors, as she collaborated with producers, singers and culture makers across the continent to showcase both its rich history and modern stars to a global audience. While “Spirit” isn’t necessarily a standout track on the album ― “Brown Skin Girl” or “Bigger” would’ve been our top choices for Oscar contenders ― it’s about time Beyoncé get all her things, including a long-awaited Academy Award after she was snubbed all the way back in 2007 for her work in “Dreamgirls.” On the bright side, at least we avoided a music superstar showdown, as Taylor Swift’s “Beautiful Ghosts” from “Cats” also didn’t receive a nomination … or even make the Best Original Song shortlist. ― CD

‘Atlantics’ Overlooked For International Feature Film

Director Mati Diop’s dreamy ghost love story “Atlantics” was, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful movies of last year. The film was selected as the Senagalese entry for Best International Feature Film for the Oscars, and made the December shortlist, but the fact that it wasn’t ultimately nominated alongside movies like “Parasite,” “Les Miserables” and “Pain and Glory” feels like a misstep on the Academy’s part. African cinema has been notoriously overlooked by the Academy in the past, and though niche, “Atlantics” was one of the most praised and talked about movies of last year. ― ZB

The ‘Parasite’ Cast, Anyone? 

None of the Korean “Parasite” cast is well-known in America, which weakened the actors’ odds of securing individual nominations. But the movie ran a fierce campaign, and it seemed like Song Kang-ho had a decent Supporting Actor shot. Alas, not even he cracked the shortlist, which could have wider repercussions come Oscar night. Films without acting recognition don’t tend to win Best Picture, so now the question is whether “Parasite” can still conquer the top prize, which has never gone to a foreign-language title. ― MJ

Taron Egerton’s Best Actor Rocket Fails To Take Off

If there was one person who did all he could to secure an Oscar nomination, it was Taron Egerton. His gutsy performance as Elton John in the fantastical biopic “Rocketman” was critically praised as he both imitated and reinvented a music icon. He sang! He danced in platform shoes! He wore very large hats and prosthetic teeth! Stellar impersonations are normally celebrated by the Academy ― think Rami Malek’s win for “Bohemian Rhapsody” last year or Gary Oldman for “Darkest Hour” in 2018 ― but Egerton’s miss might have come down to timing. “Rocketman” arrived in theaters in May, way before the Oscar race really kicked off in September. The 30-year-old actor took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, but it seems the stretch of time between the film’s release and the nominations just might have edged Egerton out of the race. ― LB

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Queen Says She Is ‘Entirely Supportive’ Of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s ‘New Life’

Queen Elizabeth II released a statement following a family meeting with Meghan Markle and princes Harry, William and Charles on Monday. 

Her Majesty said that she is “entirely supportive” of Harry and Meghan’s decision to lead a “new life” and said that the group had “constructive discussions.”

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the queen said in a statement.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” she added. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

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POOL New / Reuters Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II pose for a picture with some of Queen’s Young Leaders at a Buckingham Palace reception on June 26, 2018.

The queen also spoke of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire to become financially independent and split their time between the U.K. and North America. According to the Queen’s new statement, it seems the couple will be spending time in Canada.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives,” the queen’s statement read. “It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.”

As this is just the first day of the talks, the queen said that there is more work to be done.

“These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days,” she said.  

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POOL New / Reuters Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in 2018.

It was reported over the weekend that the royal family would gather at Sandringham Estate to hash out details regarding Meghan and Harry’s decision to “step back” as senior members of the royal family.

In addition to moving and working toward gaining financial independence, the Sussexes expressed a desire to end their relationship with the Royal Rota (a group of reporters who cover the royals) and rework their relationship with the press going forward. 

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